Restore, reconnect, renew. Awaken to your innate sense of well-being and open your heart to abundant joy, essential wholeness and freedom. Breath Sensing/Pranayama, iRest Yoga Nidra, BodySensing & Tandava as meditation in motion, self-inquiry and periods of silence form the foundation of this beautiful retreat. There will also be exquisite Thai food, jungle excursions, calm-water kayaking, cave meditation and a comfortable floating bungalow as your home on the remote Khlong Long Lake in Southern Thailand. This is a retreat you won't want to miss.
Embodied meditative presence reveals your natural state of peace-love-joy and an even deeper abidance as infinite peace and stillness. We can think of no better location to support this abidance.
Periods of silence, from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am and silent spaces during the day will support your inner inquiry and deep rest. The amount of time in group silence wil be at the discretion of the teaching team as they respond to the group. Participants are welcome to choose to remain in silence, as they wish, and will have support from the teaching team, staff and other participants.
Each participant will enjoy a private floating bungalow at a unique and spectacular venue offered by Jungle Yoga (www.jungleyoga.com). Register early as bungalow-availability is limited. Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a remote, pristine lake in the interior of Southern Thailand.
There is easy access from Koh Samui,, Kao Lak, Krabi and Phuket. Most participants will take a one-hour, inexpensive flight from Bangkok.
Recommended Reading before this retreat:
"Embodied Awakening" by Anne Douglas, Teacher
For millennia, humans have searched for the meaning of life and for a connection to the natural order of things and to a higher or all pervading consciousness that is central to all of existence. It could be said that every philosophy or religion has its roots in attempting to answer this enduring question, and Self-Realization, Enlightenment
or Awakening as the remembrance or resolution of it. Read more by clicking here to download the full pdf (three pages).
Julie is thrilled to announce Anne Douglas will be joining this retreat as our Featured Teacher:
Anne Douglas offers skillful facilitation through her compassionate heart, grounded intellect and gentle humor. Her clarity, sensitivity and passion create a strong and safe container for self-inquiry and to nurture one’s ground of well-being.
Anne Douglas has been practicing yoga and meditation for over three decades and teaching since 1989. She is a certified Kripalu senior level yoga instructor (RYT 500), Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Holistic Lifestlye Coach, iRest Yoga Nidra Instructor and is also a certified in Astanga Yoga. She has studied many hatha yoga approaches as well as Yogic and Buddhist Philosophy. Synthesizing all her studies, skills and experience, Anne created Anahata Yoga Therapy as a path of self-inquiry, loving kindness, integration and wholeness.
She works with Richard Miller, PhD., for whom she helped develop the iRest - Yoga Nidra trainings. Anne also served as a Director on the Board of the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) in the U.S. and in Canada. She works as a supervisor, mentor and trainer of iRest –Yoga Nidra, where she specializes in therapeutic settings, dyads, customizing a practice and working with difficult symptoms, emotions and beliefs.
Anne lives in the beautiful resort town of Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. (www.anahatayogatherapy.ca)
Julie Seibt has a rich background of certifications and experience: Anahata Yoga Teacher Certification (Anne Douglas, 2006), IRI Certfied iRest Teacher® (www.irest.us (link is external)), Certified Yoga Therapist (2013, Functional Synergy) and teacher's training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and Restorative Yoga with Andrea Peloso. She studies mindfulness under Steven Smith and Michele McDonald, teaching movement classes to support a meditation practice at their Vipassana Retreats in Thailand and Hawaii since 2010 in addition to her own retreats offered in Thailand, Hawaii and Canada. As an Asian Bio-Energetic Therapist, Master Reiki Teacher, and Thai Massage Therapist, Julie brings a holistic, compassionate and mindful approach to well being.
Julie lives in beautiful Canmore, Alberta Canada, a mountain playground just outside of Banff National Park. Julie’s passion in her work is to help her clients “do more of what they love, longer.”
Anne Douglas is an expert at delivering the ancient wisdom teachings of yoga in a manner that makes them easily accessible to all. Her innate curiosity, enthusiasm for life and inherent loving and compassionate nature provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment that enables her students to deeply rest and relax while learning to intimately explore the nature of their own experience. I take special delight in being with Anne as a teacher as her classes call us to experience yoga as both a sensually delightful and effervescently joyful and playful experience, while at the same time revealing the deepest understandings that yoga conveys, calling us to move beyond our limited misperceptions of separation and dissatisfaction and awaken to our inherent freedom and interconnectedness with all of life.
Richard Miller, President: Integrative Restoration Institute
Julie's retreat was exquisite. Held in the most peaceful of places, surrounded by jungle, and led by a most talented teacher who guided us in an exploration of tranquility. Incomparable.
Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a remote, beautiful lake in the interior of Southern Thailand. Located on the edge of Khao Sok National Park, the lake is hidden among towering limestone karst formations. The prehistoric jungle is part of a wildlife sanctuary that is home to gibbon apes, langur monkeys, giant hornbills, serpent eagles and many other rare birds and animals. There are however, almost no mosquitoes and no black flies.
Costs, from $1775 CAD (appx $1300 USD) include 7 nights accommodations, 3 meals per day, tuition, and group transfer to/from Surat Thani airport. The resort is reserved exclusively for our retreat. You will have access to all common areas and an amazing team of staff who will support your retreat experience.
This event fulfills the long retreat requirement for iRest-Yoga Nidra Certificaton: www.irest.us
Registration fee and tuition costs are as follows and are required to reserve your space:
$850 CAD pp for double shared room (2 beds)
$925 CAD pp for single room.
Balance: THB 22,500* to be paid in Thai Baht at the venue on the first day. (appx $624 USD, or $851 CAD) Note: there is no ATM or currency exchange at the Surat Thani airport. Both are easily available at Bangkok airport.
Refunds: Fees are non-refundable within 60 days of retreat, unless we can fill your spot, in which case you will receive a refund for monies paid less exchange and payment processing fees and an administration fee of $200. Please ensure you purchase travel cancelation insurance.
Forms of Payment: paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org Please consult with us for payment options from your country.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, gratuity, extra drinks (tea, coffee and water included at no cost) , purchases from resort store (clothing, sunscreen, etc), massage, National Park fee of 300THB (appx $9) to be paid in cash at the pier on the first day.
Embodied Awakening was one of the most powerful and enjoyable workshops I have ever attended!
I feel truly grateful to have stumbled upon this glorious practice and Anne! Her teachings, I would rather call them fireside chats, brought to life what the practices is all about. Her heart felt, dynamic and incredibly rich delivery, brought life to my meditation practice at an entirely new level. My experience this week has been quite profound. My deep thanks for creating an experience where that was possible.
M.M. from Idaho
Accommodation is in simple floating bamboo jungalows/kutis, with one or two double to king size beds. Fresh Thai meals include wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables from the jungle and local markets, and fish from the lake. Meals will be mainly vegetarian with fish and occasionally, chicken. Drinking water is readily available. Refillable water bottles are provided. Lighting in the evening is provided by the moon and the stars. There is a small generator, usually on from 6:30pm - 10pm for lighting and outlets are available for charging a few necessary electrical items.
Some bungalows have a ensuite with toilet and shower, others share nearby bathrooms and shower areas. If you have a preference, please let us know. Many returning participants prefer the units without the bathroom because of the layout of the bungalow.
This Jungle Yoga retreat is a 'not to be missed' experience!. The serene location is unbelievable, you will meet amazing people and Julie is a really special teacher - her quality shines through every thing she does. Julie's commitment and deep respect for every student and the amazing environment meant everyone deepened (and enjoyed) their own practice. Add to that the amazing food - it's heaven! (do a week - better still two if you can!)
Emerge each morning from your floating bungalow on a tranquil, jungle lake. Morning pranayama (breathing awareness) and meditation will open the body and senses to the exquisite untouched embrace of nature. Still, freshwater is your playground. Ease into gentle yoga practicing and teachings, kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking and lingering over fresh, Thai food with herbs collected from the jungle. An excursion further into the National park with a raft-boat lake tour and unforgettable cave meditation is included. A 2nd optional day excursion is available. A light evening dinner followed by a wisdom talk, body sensing or stargazing will leave you blissfully relaxed and nourished on all levels.
Teachings: Once you have stepped through the doors of heightened and sensitized perception, the practices of Kashmiri Non-dualism acquaint you with the Truth and Fullness of who you are as both embodied and Infinite Awareness.
Daily practices help to stabilize the recognition, and to ABIDE as ONE integrated whole. One mind, One heart, One Love.
Anne and Julie engage the teachings of nondual yoga through practices that include Breath Sensing/Pranayama, iRest Yoga Nidra, BodySensing & Tandava as meditation in motion, and periods of silence.
*Tandava is known as the Dance of Bliss or Enlightenment and is experienced as spontaneous movement.
This protective, nourishing environment will be enhanced by silence from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am and a dedicated area for silence, others for mindful speech. This retreat will be free from alcohol or other intoxicants. Internet and telephone communication is not available at the venue. Unplug, kick back and open to the rare opportunity to be held in nature, community and compassionate leadership.
This event fulfills the long retreat requirement for iRest-Yoga Nidra Certificaton: www.irest.us
sample schedule (subject to change on excursion days)
7:00-8:00 Pranayama & Meditation
9:30-Noon Morning Practice: Meditation, BodySensing & Tandava, iRest Yoga Nidra
3:30-5:30 Inquiry Practice
I can safely say that the retreat was one of the best things that I have ever done. I learned a lot and it has changed my yoga and mediation practice for the better. What a wonderful New Year's gift! Lisa M, UK
I have participated in multiple retreats with Julie and it is aways amazing to work with her. Her gentle yoga is great, and helpful for chronic pain, stress and tension. I have had chronic shoulder problems, and the exercises I have learned in her classes helped to relieve my pain and strengthen my body. Words do not adequately describe the beauty of this Thailand location. The swimming, kayaking, and wildlife viewing are amazing. It is the perfect place to go and disconnect, which is why I keep coming back! Erin B
The retreat was perfect and life changing! Thank-you, Anne - Beverlee B
This retreat was a important part of my healing journey. I will continue to use the tools I have learned to open my heart to the light within. - Kevin E.
I totally enjoyed the practices, and all the wisdom and love from Anne. - Anon.
This was an amazing journey. Far more than I expected and life changing. - Rich B.
The flight from Bangkok's Suvarnaphumi Airport to Surat Thani is 1 hour. From the airport, there will be a group transfer vehicle waiting for you to take you to the Pier at Ratchaprapa Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters.
*There are also flights from Bangkok to Krabi and Phuket. Special arrangements would have to be made for pick up from these airports.
Surat Thani is a 1 hour drive from the Headquarters. Krabi is a 2 hour drive from Headquarters and Phuket is a 2-1/2 hour drive from Headquarters.
From Headquarters there is a 30 minute boat ride across a phenomenal lake to reach Praiwan Raft House (Jungle Yoga).
A shared transfer is provided from Surat Thani airport to the retreat venue and return. If you require transfers different than the group transfers, you will be responsible for the costs and arrangements.
The shared transfers will coordinate with the following flights on Thai Smile Airways: To book: http://www.thaismileair.com/
Flight details: Please Note: Flight information will be updated whenThai Smile Airways adds their 2018 flight schedule.
In past years, the following flights have been suggested:
WE251 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Surat Thani (URT) depart 08:10 a.m arrive 09:25a.m
WE252 Surat Thani Airport (URT) departs 10:20 a.m arrives BKK 11:40 a.m
For those traveling onward to the South of Thailand or Koh Samui area, take the group transfer to Surat Thani and then you can continue on from there to the ferries, or to town to the local bus terminal. Please ensure that you have your onward travel arrangements sorted before you arrive - it is busy and stressful at the airport that time of year
Anne Douglas is an expert at delivering the ancient wisdom teachings of yoga in a manner that makes them easily accessible to all. Her innate curiosity, enthusiasm for life and inherent loving and compassionate nature provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment that enables her students to deeply rest and relax while learning to intimately explore the nature of their own experience. I take special delight in being with Anne as a teacher as her classes call us to experience yoga as both a sensually delightful and effervescently joyful and playful experience, while at the same time revealing the deepest understandings that yoga conveys, calling us to move beyond our limited misperceptions of separation and dissatisfaction and awaken to our inherent freedom and interconnectedness with all of life. testimonials: Anne Douglas is an amazing teacher. Her ability to convey complex ideas are beyond compare. she does so with a heart of kindness and joyfulness that permeates her teaching. she has the innate ability to keep on transfixed to her every word. I would attend any event she offers in the future.
Anne is an amazing teacher. She has both the knowledge and a delivery style that makes it come to life!
Anne Douglas is an amazing teacher. Her ability to convey complex ideas are beyond compare. she does so with a heart of kindness and joyfulness that permeates her teaching. she has the innate ability to keep on transfixed to her every word. I would attend any event she offers in the future.